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review 2016-08-20 20:47
Review: My Lady Jane
My Lady Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

Here is where I'm sure a lot of people will unfollow me, but I have read over 300 pages of this mess and I have yet to say "this is everything it was hyped to be". Spoilers ahead.


Jane was endearing at first. Her love of books was sweet. But like I have stated preciously, funny books never seem funny. They end up stupid or obnoxious. Aaaaaand this one did too. What was funny at first became old and nerve-grating. Like the titles of books Jane read. Etheeuhns: Historical Figures and Their Downfall, Wilderness Survival for Courtiers, Herbs and Spices Indigenous to the Spanish Highlands, volume 2, The Proper Treatment of Wounds on the Battlefield During the War of the Roses, a history. There are more but this is a taste. I get that this book is supposed to be in the style of the Princess Bride but it was still obnoxious.


Then there was the overly convenient plot points. Whenever someone needed an escape, a person who previously had no ability to shape shift could suddenly change and run away. It just seemed like weak writing. Again, this is just my opinion.


This book had its moments of humor, but mostly it fell flat and disappointed me.

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review 2016-08-12 03:48
Review: Fathomless
Fathomless - Jackson Pearce

Short review for a short read.


I keep reading mermaid books, praying to find one that leaps out at me. This one fell flat. It wasn't terrible, but it was just sort of blah. The writing wasn't special, the scenery was sort of generic. The main character being a triplet was a nice change, but there just wasn't anything different about this. 


And by the end, you still have unanswered questions. What are the ocean girls, really? What are the "angels"? Where did the "angels" go? Do the ocean girls eat? The story was good enough to entertain a tween, but not an adult.


I did like Lo, however. Bless her tortured heart.

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review 2016-03-22 18:43
Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Boundless - Cynthia Hand

This is like Penryn & the End of Days series all over. Okay, not quite, because I still liked the second book in that series whereas I detested the second on in this series. In both cases though, in the last book, morals were shoved down the reader's throat in a way that the previous books hadn't. Let me explain, but first a quick summary of the last book in the Unearthly series.

In Boundless Clara is back and the (supposed) suspense is trapping up. There's talk about a war. Clara struggles with her feelings for Christian and her own purpose. Angela, in the meanwhile, is acting strange. All in all though, the last book of the series is lacking in suspense (all twists are obvious from the go). It's boring with its predictability. What should've been a big part of this story (the only interesting part) is severed down to around thirty pages.

But that's not what I want to talk about, not really. In book two, the religious aspects were increased, as well as the accompanying morals this brings. Now, before anyone jumps to Christianity's defense, I personally believe everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and I know not all Christians are the same and have the same morals and/or values. That said, in Boundless stereotypical Christian morals are glaringly present. Saving oneself for marriage. A girl having sex for the first time with a fling ends up pregnant. Non-believers are presented as immoral, with tattoos and little clothing. A female angel's purpose in life can be to bear a child. Or, given these quotes:

"You healed him until you passed out, until you stopped breathing yourself for a few seconds, and then Jeffrey thumped him on the chest a few times, gave him a couple of puffs that I’m sure neither of them will ever want to talk about again, and he came back."

“We’re not—” I sigh. “It’s complicated. We don’t want to be together because somebody told us that we have to be.”
“And by ‘somebody’ you mean God, right?”
Of course it sounds insanely arrogant of me, insisting on a relationship on my own terms, when she puts it like that.

Along with some events in the first and second book, it's hard to overlook this. Not to mention that when the ending comes, the heroine relies on, not one, but two male MCs to help her save the day. In the first case, she needs one's strength to find her own. Yeah, not quite a great message to send to young girls. Hey, to be strong you'll need a strong man to help you find your strength. The second time, it's love that saves the day. Meaning that, if the heroine had not loved the male hero, she wouldn't be able to save them. Basically, in the end, the heroine wouldn't actually be able to do something on her own without her two male companions. Given that Clara is described as perfect, doesn't this send quite the message? Even a perfect young woman can't save herself and her friends without help from a man.

A poor ending to what could've been a good trilogy.

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review 2016-03-20 19:18
DNFed at page 100
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

Nope. I just can't do this to myself anymore. Nobody in this book worth it. 100 pages in and nothing has happened except a bunch of shallow crap that means zero to me.

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review 2016-03-20 18:07
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Hallowed - Cynthia Hand
“Our purpose on this earth is not one single event, an accomplishment we can check off a list. There is no test. No passing or failing. There's only us, each moment shaping who we are, into what we will become.”

Unearthly didn't impress me, but I like to give series the benefit of the doubt, meaning I read the second book even if the first one wasn't all that. Sometimes that is a good gamble, sometimes not. Hallowed falls into the later category. It keeps the dullness from Unearthly, the lack of action and suspense and adds in religion. Neither was a good thing.

Hallowed takes up almost exactly where Unearthly ended. Like the first book, this one drags for a long time before anything significant to the overall story happens. In the meanwhile, the aspect of religion increases. For me, this was a bad thing. Because the parts of Christianity that is used for world building is severely lacking and doesn't really make sense at times. There are myths supposed to explain the world, but it misses the mark.

But they never truly belonged on earth, and their children lived a long time and kept multiplying, until there were more Nephilim than humans on the earth. Which became a problem.

Why? Why is that a bad thing? Because God wanted a world populated only by humans? Did the Nephilims run havoc? Suffice to say, the world building isn't working in this series.

To be fair, my biggest issue with this book is one conversation in particular, which ruined the entire book.

“Rape is not a Black Wing’s style. They prefer seduction. They want to win you over to their side.”
“What about Angela’s mom?” I point out. “She was raped.”
“Yes, so she says.”

Yup, the mom is actually accusing a grown woman of pretending being raped, and then told that story to her child. No one questions this. No one mentions this again. We - the readers - are supposed to wave this off as if it's nothing. Sorry, can't do that. There's no excuse for this.

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